An introduction and brief guide to going on an Okavango Delta Safari
We’ve already covered some amazing vacation destinations like Bali but you’re considering going on an African safari, and have undertaken any amount of research online, then you will no doubt have encountered a vast array of holiday packages to various different locations.
From Tanzania to Zimbabwe, there are plenty of stunning places to visit across the African continent but one of the most underrated choices for wildlife lovers in particular is the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
Commonly referred to as the “jewel of the Kalahari”, it can actually lay claim to being the single most pristine oasis in the whole world and the good news is that there’s a wide range of bespoke Okavango Delta Safari holiday packages to choose from all year round.
In this article, we’ve prepared a brief guide to your next Okavango Delta safari trip, which will hopefully offer an insight into this most incredible location.
The What and the Where – An Introduction to the Okavango Delta
Classed as a prime Botswana landmark, the Okavango River has its origins in the sprawling highlands of Angola.
It subsists in a vast catchment area of about 112,000km squared, from where it commences a winding journey of 1,900km before spreading out into an intricate system of waterways.
In total, this mass of water and greenery covers an estimated 22,000km of prime Kalahari sand, while it has recently been revealed that this natural phenomenon can be observed by astronauts in space.
According to scientists, the Okavango River would have merged with the ocean at some point in the past, but this is no longer the case. In fact, it has been swallowed up by thirsty basin of Kalahari sand over a sustained period of time, creating a truly unique and aesthetically please site that’s unlike any other in the world.
Enjoying your Okavango Delta Safari – The Key Considerations
With these points in mind, it’s little wonder that people should be clamouring to visit the renowned Okavango Delta.
However, it’s important that you plan your safari carefully and in advance, at least if you’re to make the most of the experience.
At the start of your trip, you’ll arrive by air ay the Maun International Airport, before taking a pre-booked transfer to your chosen camp.
There’s a range of rustic and luxurious safari camps available near the Okavango Delta, so you’ll need to select an option that suits your needs and your budget. Be sure to compare the market thoroughly here, with outlets like the Kanana Camp hidden away on the banks of the Xudum River and capable of offering access to a genuine water paradise.
This will also provide you with an opportunity to see one of the most amazing and unique inland deltas in the world, with walking safaris and those on the water offering a truly seminal safari experience.
To make the most of this, we’d definitely recommend that you participate in a wide array of activities, including game viewing, bird watching and tracking the beautiful (and not to mention elusive) Sitatunga envelope.
On a final note, it’s also important to note that the iconic Moremi Game Reserve occupies the east and central areas of the region. From here, dugout canoes can be used to see elephants, crocodiles and hippos at first-hand, and this certainly represents a unique way to enjoy a modern-day safari!